|Birth: ||Dec. 3, 1889|
|Death: ||May 12, 2001|
Miss Lollis was my first grade teacher at North Elementary School, Lancaster, Ohio. By the time I was in her class, Miss Lollis was retirement age or beyond, but she continued to teach.
Miss Lollis was the strictest teacher I have ever had, and although I was terrified of her, I also cried on the last day of school because I didn't want to leave her class.
One day Miss Lollis got out a huge primer, sat down, had us sit around her, and said, "Today we are going to learn read." I don't know about anyone else, but when she said, "we are going to learn to read" I learned to read!!
Miss Lollis wore a black pin-striped suit every day. As I recall, Miss Lollis was average weight, or smaller.
My mother told me to be extra nice to Miss Lollis because she had to take care of her mother, who also lived well past 100. Miss Lollis had a black rotary phone on her desk, so that her mother could call her if she needed her. It never rang when I was in her class.
Miss Lollis was a graduate of Ohio University, something that was unusual in those days. Ohio U was (and is) the top school in this area.
When Miss Lollis was 107, she was interviewed by the local newspaper. Her response to "do you remember any of your students?" was "I don't remember the good children, but I remember the bad ones." She said that when she first started teaching she was in a school district on the Ohio River, and she will never forget Bob Evans (yes, the restaurant guy) because he was a "bad little boy."
One of her many rules was "If you tell on someone, I'll punish him, and then I will give you double the punishment for telling." Out in the real world this works very well.
Miss Lollis was a woman of high character and I believe she taught her students well.
Miss Lollis was 111 (yes, that is correct, ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN) years old when she died.
UPDATE: October 23, 2010. I received a phone call from a lady in Kentucky, a retired school teacher who was at one time married to Miss Lollis' nephew. This delightful lady doesn't have a computer, but someone printed out this tribute and gave it to her. She wasn't able to find my phone number but did reach my son who relayed the phone numbers. At the age of 101, Miss Lollis moved to KY and lived with Mrs. Virginia Wallace until a few years before her death. When Miss Lollis moved into a nursing home, there were big plans for her 108th birthday party. Mrs. Virginia asked her what she wanted to wear. She wanted to wear her good silk black striped suit and her pearls, of course! Today's conversation with Mrs. Virginia about Miss Lollis was enjoyable. Mrs. Virginia is sending a copy of this tribute to her daughter.
Forest Rose Cemetery
Created by: Rev. Carol Alspaugh Schl...
Record added: Mar 19, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13673819
Miss Lollis, I was not fortunate enough to have had the pleasure of being one of your pupils, but please know that you were very much a beloved member of our community and that you touched the lives of all who knew you or of you. May you rest in peace.|
Added: Jun. 9, 2012
Thanks to you, Miss Lollis, I am still an avid reader.|
Rev. Carol Alspaugh Schleich
Added: Oct. 20, 2011
Debbie Queen Lewis
Added: Dec. 3, 2010
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